AcaCartelli feat. Club For Five, FORK & Rajaton © Helsingin Juhlaviikot / Petri Anttila

The Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Finland’s largest festival dedicated to vocal music, takes to the concert halls, churches and streets of Tampere once again on 4–9 June 2019. The Festival brings together choirs and vocal ensembles from around the world.

The concert programme features choirs from home and abroad. The opening concert is given by Ars Nova Copenhagen from Denmark, the first concert in the Festival’s Nordic Choir Expedition series. The other choirs appearing in this series are Det Norske Solistkor from Norway, Eric Ericsons Kammarkör from Sweden and the Helsinki Chamber Choir. Tampere Cappella gives the prize concert of the national Choir Conducting Competition 2018, conducted by competition winner Elisa Huovinen.

The Contest for Vocal Ensembles celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and the gala concert at Tampere Hall features the Club for Five vocal ensemble with the Tampere Philharmonic. In the more intimate setting of the Old Customs House, Club for Five are joined by FORK and Rajaton to form the combo known as AcaCartelli that made its début appearance at the Helsinki Festival.

Festival clubs complement the concert programme, the lineup including vocal folk hop band Tuuletar with Pekko Käppi from Tampere, a specialist on the jouhikko [a Finnish traditional bowed lyre], and Tuukka Haapaniemi, artistic director of this year’s Festival. Also featured are Accent, a young a cappella group with six members from five countries who met through social media. The afterparty of the Contest for Vocal Ensembles is headlined by the Grand Prix winner from 2017, Quintense from Germany.

The Contest for Vocal Ensembles and the International Chorus Review are held, as always, at Tampere Hall. Additionally, the Feel the Festival! series of free pop-up concerts brings performers to various locations around the city, and audiences are invited to sing along at community singing events. The Festival programme includes a selection of courses and exhibitions.

“The Festival programme is of a very high quality and extremely interesting. Vocal ensembles play a prominent role this year, of course, with concerts every day. With the concerts given by leading Nordic choirs and the sessions of the cornerstone events – the Chorus Review and the Contest for Vocal Ensembles – there is something new to hear practically every minute of every day. Excellent food for the soul, and Tampere also offers excellent food for the body,” says Haapaniemi.